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Debris remediation, battery storage project among big issues for North Quabbin in 2024
01-01-2024 5:06 PM


Editor’s note: The Greenfield Recorder is beginning to publish stories about what Franklin County residents can likely expect to see happening in their towns in 2024.ORANGE — The town hopes 16-36 West River St. will rise from the ashes in 2024, two...

North Quabbin Notebook: Jan. 2, 2024
01-01-2024 5:05 PM

Series of genealogy workshops starts Jan. 11NEW SALEM — Genealogy workshops for beginners are set for the New Salem Public Salem Library on Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 14 and April 11, all starting at 4 p.m.The workshops will be led by Philip Johnson, a...

Wendell to benefit from state trail funding
12-27-2023 10:59 AM


WENDELL — The town is one of 15 municipalities, and the only one in Franklin County, set to benefit from a combined $24 million for trail projects across the state.The state Department of Conservation and Recreation intends to build a bridge over...

Rev. Dr. Adele Smith-Penniman: Kudos, Ben Clark
12-21-2023 3:54 PM

Thank you, thank you, Ben Clark. Even before learning about the depth of your community service, I applauded the Greenfield Recorder for naming you Citizen of the Year. Your interest in neighbors epitomizes why so many of us are drawn to Franklin...

Mara Bright: Battery storage project’s true cost in Wendell 
12-20-2023 6:51 PM

In Wendell, a proposed battery storage system threatens to severely change the character of our town. Installed on 11 acres of forest, which will have to be clear-cut, atop one of the largest and cleanest aquifers in the state, and adjacent to a...

My Turn: Protecting natural environment a balancing act
12-20-2023 6:46 PM


A recent article on, “The Forest and the Trees: Western Mass’ Solar Siting Problem," is incredibly enlightening, and deserves to be read by anyone who values Franklin County’s beautiful natural environment. The issue of balancing...

Activists lobby Healey to halt battery storage systems
12-19-2023 3:39 PM


WENDELL — Members of the local citizens’ committee formed in opposition to a battery storage facility proposed for Wendell Depot Road are asking the governor to halt further review, permitting and installation of industrial-scale battery energy...

North Quabbin Notebook: Dec. 7, 2023
12-06-2023 3:10 PM

Senior Citizens Club to meet Dec. 7ORANGE — The Orange Senior Citizens Club will meet at the Orange Senior Center, 62 Cheney St., at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7.This is a regular monthly business meeting, and all members are invited to attend. Guests...

Nina Keller: Battery storage project is not green
12-04-2023 4:16 PM

A zoning bylaw of the town of Wendell prohibited “Stand Alone Battery Energy Storage Facilities.” The town bylaw has been rejected by a Massachusetts attorney general ruling. State authorities are grappling with how to replace fossil emissions with...

Wendell Historical Society offers online museum
12-03-2023 3:28 PM


While work continues at the Wendell Historical Society’s new museum at the former depot store and post office, those interested in learning about the history of Wendell and the surrounding towns can view items from the society’s archives in its new...

Laurel Facey: Are we prepared for climate change?
11-28-2023 4:46 PM

The writer from Orange who recently warns us to “be prepared” for whatever is meant by net zero may want to think about why there is such a term in our vocabulary these days [letter, “If you want net zero, be prepared,” Nov. 22]. What does net zero...

Knitting the community together: Scarves, gloves and more on Greenfield Common
11-28-2023 3:50 PM


GREENFIELD — Six years ago, Sandra Beebe knitted 25 scarves and placed them around Greenfield Common for anyone to take. Now, backed by a team of roughly 225 volunteers throughout the region, Beebe returned to the common on Monday night with a total...

Rev. Dr. Adele Smith-Penniman: The joy of small towns
11-27-2023 4:04 PM

From the beauty of wood and pond to the skill and assistance of neighbors, what a joy it can be to live in these small towns. The other night I feared a gas leak. In no time the Wendell Fire Department was out checking carefully. And while I would...

Cathy Stanton: A bigger story behind food security
11-25-2023 8:00 AM

I appreciate the Recorder’s continuing coverage of local food issues with the article on the recent hearing of the Special Commission on Agriculture in the Commonwealth in the 21st Century [“Charting state’s course toward food security,” Nov. 17]....

$127K grants to benefit Wendell Meetinghouse, Franklin County Fairgrounds
11-21-2023 11:48 AM


Two volunteer groups affiliated with Franklin County destinations recently received Massachusetts Cultural Council grants to finance much-needed projects.The Friends of the Franklin County Fairgrounds got $77,000 from the Cultural Facilities Fund for...

Team bonding through hard work: Mahar’s Rent-A-Wrestler program teaches discipline, raises money for sport
11-13-2023 12:38 PM


Recommended cross-training activities for wrestlers include swimming, mountain biking and flipping tires. But John Speek’s grapplers have been known to spend the weekends leading up to their season raking leaves, stacking wood and moving heavy...

Union 28 begins search for new school superintendent
11-12-2023 2:07 PM


A search is underway for a new superintendent to oversee Erving School Union 28, a district that includes four elementary schools serving preschool through sixth-grade students in Shutesbury, Leverett, Erving, Wendell and New Salem.With September’s...

Diane Kurinsky: Column misses complexity of Israeli-Palestinian conflict
11-09-2023 3:07 PM

Column misses complexity of Israeli-Palestinian conflictI was greatly disappointed with Jon Huer’s column on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, not because I disagree that Israel’s response to the Hamas attack is brutal and inhumane, but because of...

My Turn: Power grab tips Earth’s energy balance
11-09-2023 2:27 PM


The Apostolic Exhortation: “Laudate Deum: to all people of good will on the climate crisis,” the newly issued plea from Pope Francis, states more urgently some facts this spiritual leader has underscored before — mainly the vital one that human uses...

Company: PFAS filtration system at Swift River School proves successful
11-06-2023 6:29 PM


NEW SALEM — The vice president of the engineering firm that was contracted to install a water filtration system at Swift River School to rid it of synthetic substances known as “forever chemicals” said the new equipment has proven to remove compounds...

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